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Superstar Italian consultant Alberto
Antonini lends an assist with this bold
What You Need To Know
Cueva de las Manos is the value
label from Chakana, a young winery founded in 2001 by former
telecommunications executive (and wine lover) Juan Pelizzati.
Searching for work-life balance, Pelizzati doubled down on a huge,
700-acre estate in Luján de Cuyo, a high-altitude subzone of
the Mendoza region that climbs the Andes foothills. The cooler
temperatures of these mountain vineyards help grapes ripen
slowly, with thicker skins, which leads to fresher, more structured
wines. In this bottling, winemaker Liliana Iannizzotto combines
smooth, spicy Malbec with Bonarda, a dark, lushly fruity variety
that’s Argentina’s second-most popular red grape.
Wildly fruity, with blueberry
and blackberry aromas and a
Generous, deeply fruity
flavors of blackberry,
cassis and spice.
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be
cool to the touch.
Boldly flavored food
from the grill, especially ribs,
burgers and steaks.